Brendan Dassey ineligible for pardon, commutation not considered

Published: Dec. 20, 2019 at 9:40 AM CST
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The Pardon Advisory Board will not be considering Brendan Dassey’s pardon because it doesn’t meet required conditions.

The Board notified Dassey and his attorney, Laura Nirider, of their decision on Tuesday.

Dassey was convicted for playing a role in the 2005 rape and murder of Teresa Halbach. His case was made famous in the Netflix series, “Making a Murderer.”

On Oct. 31, 2015, freelance photographer Teresa Halbach disappeared after a trip to photograph a vehicle at the Avery Salvage Yard in Manitowoc County. Investigators say they found her remains in a burn pit on the Avery property. Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, were arrested and charged with Halbach's murder.

In 2007, a jury found Dassey guilty of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide. One of the key elements of the prosecution was a confession Dassey gave to detectives. Dassey's current legal team and critics claim Dassey's confession was coerced and therefore unreliable.

Dassey was 16 at the time of the killing of Teresa Halbach. His attorneys argue investigators used improper techniques while interrogating a juvenile with a low IQ. They say investigators made false promises to Dassey that he'd be released if he told them about the killing.